Category Archives: Gigs

Barbara and friends: Jazz at the Grill

Join us this Sunday evening March 31, 2019, from 6-9 pm at the 350 Grill Steak House in Springfield for some great, live jazz with Barbara Ween – vocals, Alex Nakhimovsky – piano, Ed Brainerd – trumpets and George Kaye on bass. The Sunday Special is a $20 Prime rib. No cover charge. Leave winter behind in style with an evening of great music, food and drink!

…dear Pisces…Happy Jazz-Birthday… Love, Barbara and friends

Yup, it’s March and it’s here again, so if you are a Pisces or love one or just want to wade into a great evening of live jazz, c’mon down to the Collegian Court in Chicopee, Friday March 8, 2019 from 7-10 pm for our annual Pisces Party. Barbara Ween on vocals will be joined by Ed Brainerd – flugelhorn, Joe Belmont – guitar, Steve Bulmer – bass and Chet Pasek on drums. Please join us for some great food, drink and jazz and help us add another candle to the Pisces birthday cake.

Divas at Blue Cube Jazz Special Event

This Friday evening, September 21, 2018 at the Collegian Court in Chicopee from 7 to 10 pm, the Valley Jazz Divas will perform as part of the Blue Cube Jazz, Special Event and Buffet. The Valley Jazz Divas with Barbara Ween, Jill Connolly, Carol Abbe Smith – vocals, will perform with the Green Street Trio – Paul Arslanian – keys, George Kaye on bass and Claire Arenius, drums. This is a special ticketed event with buffet and requires tickets in advance and reservations. Check with Collegian Court if you just want to hear the Divas and company perform without attending the special event and buffet. To learn more, visit the website below and click on Events.

Divas • May • Jazz • Paradise – Mmm….

It’s the Memorial Day, Paradise City Arts Festival 2018 and the livin’ is easy when the Valley Jazz Divas and friends take the stage for some fine jazz! Visit the festival and stop into the music tent to hear the Valley Jazz Divas with Barbara Ween, Jill Connolly, Carol Abbe Smith – vocals, Paul Arslanian – keys, George Kaye – bass and John Fisher – drums. They will be performing your favorites between 11 am to 3 pm on Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Fairgrounds in Northampton. So much to see – so much to taste – so much to hear!

Barbara and friends invited back one week later!

Last Friday night, Barbara and friends made their first appearance at Collegian Court in Chicopee, Mass. It was so well received the they have been invited back for another night of great jazz.  This Friday, May 18, 2018 from 7 – 10 pm, the ensemble will return with Barbara Ween on vocals, Ed Brainerd – flugelhorn, Bobby Ferrier – guitar, Jason Schwartz – bass, and Clark Seibold on drums. Come on down to Chicopee for some great food, drink and jazz.

Barbara and friends at new venue in Chicopee


This Friday, May 11, 2018 from 7 – 10 pm there will be some great jazz at a new venue for Barbara and company. Come on down to the Collegian Court in Chicopee to hear Barbara Ween – vocals, Ed Brainerd – flugel horn, Bob Ferrier – guitar, Steve Bulmer – bass and Clark Seibold on drums. It’s this Friday night and the weather is great! What could be better than good food, drink and live jazz.


Auld Lang Swyng: Divas & Co. First Night Noho – 2018


DivasEtc122216Swing in the new year this Sunday eve, December 31st at First Night Northampton with the Valley Jazz Divas featuring Barbara Ween, Jill Connolly and Carol Abbe Smith – vocals, Dave Bartley on keys and Dave Christopolis on bass. There will be two performances at the Edwards Church in Northampton, one at 7 pm and another at 8 pm. So bundle up, bring friends and family and warm up with some hot jazz in the auld town tonight.